NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, December 14th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (5-18) at Dallas Mavericks (13-10), 8:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Mavericks are back in Big D for three
straight games and will kick off the residency Saturday versus the Milwaukee
Bucks at American Airlines Center.
Dallas has Memphis and Toronto scheduled to visit the Lone Star State, where
it is 9-2 this season.
The Mavericks went 2-2 on a recent road trip and suffered their second
straight loss since winning three in a row in Wednesday's 95-93 setback to the
Golden State Warriors. Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis both scored 21 points and
Jose Calderon added 18 for the Mavs, who couldn't fend off a fourth quarter
rally by the Warriors and blew a 52-34 advantage.
Golden State erased a 78-66 Dallas lead with a 16-4 run to even the score at
82-82 with about five minutes to go. Dallas, though, went ahead by a 92-86
score with 1:26 remaining in the game, but Golden State took care of business
the rest of the way. Warriors star guard Steph Curry converted a four-point
play and Draymond Greed buried a big 3-pointer.
"You can take a positive from this," Ellis said. "It went all the way to the
end, and they had to make a great shot. Steph (Curry) did and they won."
Nowitzki has scored 20 or more points in nine of his last 13 games and needs
77 points to pass Alex English (25,613) for 13th place on the NBA's all-time
scoring list. He needs 11 steals for 1,000 in his career.
Milwaukee has lost two in a row and five of its last seven games, including
Friday's 91-90 setback to the Chicago Bulls. Mike Dunleavy buried the go-ahead
3-pointer with 5.8 seconds left to sink the Bucks, who were led by Gary Neal's
17 points off the bench.
"It should not have come down to it," Bucks head coach Larry Drew said of
Dunleavy's shot. "We were in position where we should have closed that game
John Henson (15), O.J. Mayo (14), Brandon Knight (11) and Khris Middleton (10)
all scored in double figures for Milwaukee.
The Bucks are 3-8 on the road and lost the first meeting of the season with
Dallas, a 91-83 decision on Nov. 9 at the Bradley Center. Former Buck Ellis
had 18 points with five assists and Nowitzki added 16 points. Former Mav Mayo
posted a game-best 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting.
Dallas has won six of the last nine matchups with Milwaukee, which has lost
eight of 10 and 10 of its previous 13 games at the Mavericks.
12/14 10:32:29 ET